LAS VEGAS -- Over a span of two days that I spent on the exhibit floor at InfoComm at the Las Vegas Convention Center this week, the most oft-spoken word in conversations with vendors was “solutions.”
More impressive was how frequently those “solutions” had been derived in large part from direct feedback from their customers, who had asked for certain features and options within a specific product to fulfill a dedicated set of needs.
Once the exhibit floor opened on Wednesday, the most notable meetings were with a quartet of exhibitors showcasing offerings that from my perspective featured some unique elements on the show floor.
The first of those four was with LynTec, whose president, Mark Bishop, talked at length about the value associated with Whole Venue Control, which allows a church facility to easily power down individual projectors or LED walls that otherwise are positioned or mounted in tough to reach places. In the past, many churches have opted to leave such equipment on continuously in standby mode when not in use, thinking that cost savings in electricity is the best course of action.
Nonetheless, the overall lifespan of such a product will still continue to degrade, because the unit is still on. By utilizing Whole Venue Control, though, Bishop talked about avoiding the possibility of a processor locking up, issues resulting from heat buildup from the energy created from the electronics, all of which negatively impact the total lifespan. The company, who last year released the NPAC, which was recognized as a New Product Award winner, discussed solutions that enable one to automate systems very simply, all controlled by a web server via a controller, connected a laptop.
Another worthwhile conversation was with Mathias von Heydekampf, Marketing Director for Synthax, outlining how the myMix product was an ideal solution for houses of worship for praise bands to handle personal monitoring capably, and most importantly avoiding the volume wars between musicians.
For the musician, he noted, the goal is to make them comfortable, and “put them in the zone. If you see someone (in the band) fuddling with their mixer, they have lost it, as they are supposed to be playing.”
Among the features that the decentralized myMix personal monitoring system includes is it offers up to 500 audio channels. The ease of use with the myMix, allowing for a musician to either record or play along, was noteworthy.
Even with such control provided directly to the musician, the system also offers the person at front of house, for example, to also can monitor individual band members, where they can then communicate directly, if there is a need to modify the mix.
The next interesting offering was by Audinate, after the company heard from customers their desire to be able to integrate old equipment into a Dante-enabled network. Instead of asking those customers to completely replace their equipment, though, with gear that is Dante-enabled, Josh Rush, SVP of Marketing and Products, outlined six low-cost adapters that the company designed that began shipping last week. The AVIO Networking Adapters included analog input connections to a Dante network for a single channel XLR, double channel XLR, as well as corresponding single and double channel adapters for analog output XLR connections. In addition, Audinate adapters were designed for connection via USB and one for AES3 to Dante.
Lastly, among the notable products seen on that first day on the exhibit floor was by visiting the Screen Innovations booth. For so many churches that are working with projectors, the bane of the white projector screen that been in existence -- largely unchanged for many decades -- has been a frustrating matter.
Making significant inroads toward such a solution, the company offers a series of ambient light rejection, or ALR, screens, with the Slate XL screen, able to be configured up to 375 inches diagonally. Even with such large screens, they are capable of 65 percent ambient light rejection, while also focusing on amplifying the light coming from the projector. With such strong ambient light rejection, paired with the possible configuration of large screens, churches don’t have to exclusively look toward LED walls when seeking that particular solution.